Thursday 19 Nov 2015
New lease of life for vital Nottinghamshire bridge
A 140-year-old bridge in Nottinghamshire is set to be reconstructed as part of Network Rail’s Rail Upgrade Plan.
The road surface of the historic Station Road bridge in Hucknall, which is used by over 16,000 vehicles a day, will be replaced and the structure itself strengthened when work begins next May.
In total the project will take six months to complete, with the bridge closed to road traffic for four months to allow gas, water and broadband supplies to be removed from the existing bridge and then embedded back into the new one – with train services on the line
below the bridge unaffected other than during the August bank holiday weekend. Pedestrian access will be retained throughout via a temporary footbridge alongside Station Road.
Mark Tarry, route managing director for Network Rail said: “Station Road bridge is a vital transport link for the people of Hucknall and this investment will help further improve its reliability. This work forms part of our Railway Upgrade Plan that will deliver a better railway for people, businesses and communities in the East Midlands and I would like to thank the people of Hucknall for their patience while this important upgrade takes place.”
Diversionary routes have been agreed and will be clearly signposted, with different routes available for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes and for vehicles under 7.5 tonnes.
Notes to editors
- Station Road will be closed to road traffic from Saturday 4 June until Saturday 20 October
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